A car that can drive fast or has an active suspension to keep you planted in the corners is an absolute joy to drive. Not everyone can afford the latest tech on the market or the supercar that’s being built by the top names in the business, but everyone can enjoy some speed and the fun of driving an exciting car. For those of us that need to spend $10,000 or less to have the car with the power we want it’s not that hard to find a great car to drive for this price if you spend a little time searching for the right car. Here are some great examples of cars that provide you the speed you want:
2003 Ford Mustang Mach 1 – This may be an upgraded model from the regular Mustang, but the Mach 1 car from the early 2000s is an exciting choice. With more power, a lower driving position and a sportier suspension than the typical car you can have a ton of fun in this beauty. You’ll also love the look of the shaker hood up front in this beauty.
2000 Corvette Hardtop Coupe –Not many of us can afford the models that are new, but a gorgeous C5 Corvette is one that you can afford and you can have one that offers you excellent power and the fun of driving a car that’s made for the track. If you find one with the LS1 V8 engine you can have 345 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque to give you more than enough power to rocket to sixty mph in only five seconds.
2000 BMW Z3, 2.8 Roadster – Here’s a roadster you’ll love to drive. This gorgeous little sports car is a lot of fun and has the right look to make others stop and stare as you drive. The long front engine and small cabin area give this car the look of a powerful and agile sports car that makes driving fun and exciting in a car that comes from a luxury name with a price that’s not luxury.
2002 Chevy Z28 Camaro – You’ll love the look and the feel of the Z28 from this era. This is a muscle car with the power you want and the feel on the road and track that you’ll love. This version of the Camaro was powered by a 5.7-liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower and 340 lb.-ft. of torque to make it a car that would handle the ride.
2001 Porsche Boxster – With the Porsche brand you might not expect to find many cars you can buy for this price, but this Boxster is one that you’ll love. The fun of driving a Porsche isn’t just in the name but is also in the excitement and the athleticism of the car on the road. You’ll have a great ride in this car and enjoy the fact that you paid so little for so much fun.
2000 Honda S2000 – This is a car you love to drive. It may not be as popular as some of the other models on the list, but it’s one that offers you the looks, handling, shifting and braking you want along with the power to handle the ride. While it may have a small engine the fact that it can rev to 9000 rpm makes this one of the most amazing cars on the road.
2004 Mazda MazdaSpeed Miata MX-5 – While the stock model of the Miata is a lot of fun to drive the MazdaSpeed version pumped up the horsepower to 178 to give it more speed and more fun. This version of the car was tuned up for more of what you want which makes this a gem if you find one for the price you’re willing to pay.
2004 Acura RSX Type S – This is the car that replaced the Integra and made it so we didn’t even miss the old car. This car is luxurious, sporty and affordable to be an amazing two-door car that’s a lot of fun to drive. There was a package that offered stiffer shocks and springs while lowering the car a bit which would be a hoot to drive if you found one with this A-Spec package on it.
2002 Subaru Impreza WRX Sedan – As a performance beast with the large vent in the hood this is one of the most recognizable and most fun to drive cars on the market. The Impreza WRX is a car that offers you the ability to toss it around on the road and take it to the track for some fun when you’re looking to push the limits of this gorgeous car.
1996 Nissan 300ZX Turbo – The Nissan Z cars have been a huge part of our automotive history for several years and this one gave us the 300 horsepower in a lightweight build that made it possible to reach sixty mph in only five seconds. You can have more fun that should be allowed in this car if you find one.